Poll: GOP Winning Independents on Spending

by Andrew Stiles

Despite the headline, “Neither Democrats or GOP have edge in budget battle,” a recent CNN poll contains some good news for Republicans.

According to the poll, 46 percent of Americans say they favor President Obama’s “approach” to the budget negotiations (detached ambivalence?), while 45 percent prefer congressional Republicans’ approach. However, the GOP has a significant edge among independents, who prefer the Republican approach by a margin of 49 to 34 percent.

And check out the breakdown by party in response to the question: “How well are things going in the country today?”

Very Well: Democrats 4%, Independents 2%, Republicans 1%

Fairly Well: Democrats 50%, Independents 27%, Republicans 21%

Pretty Bad: Democrats 31%, Independents 47%, Republicans 50%

Very Bad: Democrats 15%, Independents 23%, Republicans 28%

It’s no wonder that independents, always the most crucial voting bloc in an election year, are more sympathetic to the Republican position. However, it’s hard to predict how the public, and independents especially, will react in the event of a government shutdown. A recent CBS poll found that eight in ten Americans would like to see lawmakers compromise on the budget, rather than stick to their views and risk shutting down the government.